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Jupiter's Legacy tells the story of the legacy of the Union, a superhero team formed in the 1930s. When six friends visited a mysterious island, they and their ship's crew were granted superpowers. The six combined to forge the Union, to help America out of the Recession and promote the country's ideals.

It's now 2013, and the new generations of heroes descended from the original gifted now face a different world, and disagree with their forebears on how to save the world.

Written by Mark Millar and drawn by Frank Quitely. There's also a prequel series called Jupiter's Circle, focusing on the Union in their heyday in The '50s and 60's.

A Netflix adaptation was announced in 2018 and released on May 7th, 2021.


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Provides examples of:

  • The Ace: The Utopian is the premier superhero of the setting, being one of the most powerful, apparently one of the first, and a leader for the superhero community in general. However, he is not quite respected as others see him as increasingly old-fashioned.
  • Anti Matter: Blackstar has an antimatter reactor in his chest.
  • Badass Family: Chloe, Hutch and Jason are all superheroes that can crush buildings and travel in space with no oxygen.
  • Badass Normal: Hutch, whose father Skyfox designed a power-rod to compensate for his lack of powers. His power rod makes him capable of facing off against super-powered beings. He later takes on the Skyfox name after his father's death.
  • Clark Kenting:
    • The Utopian is the most notable example in the series. He lives his life as a mechanic and lives in a suburban house with his wife. He explains this by saying that it keeps him grounded.
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    • Chloe herself uses a wig and glasses to hide her identity when not explicitly being her more celebrity status.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Common in this setting. Chloe is a Flying Brick with a sonic scream, while Jason has similar Flying Brick powers in addition to super-intelligence and telekinesis. Brandon has telekinesis, eye lasers and the ability to control lightning.
  • I Believe I Can Fly: Most superheroes seem to be Flying Bricks, albeit much weaker than the Superman Substitute protagonists.
  • Illegal Religion: One of Walter's reforms for the US is abolishing religion. We later learn that all houses of worship became schools, with Brandon saying they're being put to good use now. This, as you'd expect, prompts protests and even terrorist attacks from religious people.
  • Island of Mystery: The island that granted the heroes that make up the Union their powers. It has a cloaking field, calls to one of the heroes in dreams to come visit, is made of alien metal, has a room inside that's larger than the island and has extra-dimensional aliens on it who grant superpowers.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Walter claims that superheroes aren't doing enough to help society and should lead instead of just treat the symptoms of its issues. It quickly becomes apparent that he just wants things done his way, and either doesn't care about the consequences to others or refuses to accept that he just doesn't know what he's talking about.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Jason is encouraged by his parents to do this so as to hide from other superhumans, as he is super-intelligent..
    Hutch: Let's go home so we can fake flunking your homework.
  • Patricide: Brandon kills his father the Utopian to take over America.
  • Power Parasite: Repro, a flamboyant Arabic super-criminal, can steal one superhuman's powers at a time. This makes him one of the few individuals who can defeat Raikou.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Initially enforced in-universe by the Utopian, who goes to such lengths that he won't even allow his super-genius brother Walter to offer financial advice to politicians, even in the midst of a horrible recession. Later twisted around by the fact that Brandon and Walter try to improve the world, and do drastically change it, but only for the worse.
  • Secret Keeper: Jason's schoolmates reveal that they know about his powers, but nonetheless supports his super-heroics and promises to think up excuses for him if anyone asks.
  • Shout-Out: Jason being encouraged to deliberately fail in his (extra)curricular activities seems to be this to The Incredibles.
  • Signature Move: Sampson's one is to trap an enemy's mind in a "psychic painting" (essentially an extremely elaborate illusion combining all five senses) while his teammates beat down the immobilized body.
  • Smug Super: Raikou is arrogant in her psychic powers, which make her almost impossible to defeat in a straight fight.
  • Super Intelligence: Jason is incredibly intelligent, capable of building a superhuman detector that out-classes the US government's when aged twelve.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Zigzagged. Most children of superhumans inherit their powers, but Hutch, the son of superhero turned super-villain Skyfox, does not.
  • Take That!: Chloe's comment about how her father would cleverly defeat his enemies without inflicting injuries might be this towards Superman stories where writers make him partake in destructive battles.
  • Tele-Frag: Walter is defeated when Hutch teleports his power-rod directly into his skull after arrogantly lowering his defenses to give him "a free try."
  • Time Skip: The plot skips forward nine years after Walter and Brandon's coup.
  • Too Clever by Half: Walter assumes that his super-intelligence alone makes him best-suited to turn the economy around, but Sheldon tells him that he doesn't really have the expertise to do so. Sheldon is proven right after Walter and Brandon seize control of America, as their policies quickly tank the economy.
  • Touched by Vorlons: The Utopian and the rest of the Union were granted superpowers by aliens from another dimension.
  • Ultimate Universe: Mark Millar says that Jupiter's Legacy and Supercrooks are set in an Alternate Continuity to the rest of Millarworld where the Fraternity never got rid of the superheroes.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: When it becomes clear that Brandon is spiralling out of his control, Walter makes plans to eliminate him.

Jupiter's Circle provides examples of:

  • Cassandra Truth: Jane predicts that any child of the Utopian's would constantly feel living in his shadow. The main series of Jupiter's Legacy proves her right..
  • Driven to Suicide: When blackmailed by J. Edgar Hoover to reveal the identities of the Union, Blue-Bolt attempts suicide via downing some pills and slitting his wrists in the bathtub, rather than betray his friends. He survives and Skyfox figures out enough of what's going on to take care of it for his friend.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Zigzagged. The Flare abandons his family to be with a woman half his age and flaunts his new relationship to the press. His wife knew she would begrudgingly forgive him and seemingly does only to later cheat on him with a waiter. The Flare's son swore to kill him, only to immediately forgive him when they were reunited.
    • Skyfox's short turn to villainy, where he kidnaps the Vice-President, is briefly forgiven after he saves the team from Hobbs's gang and Utopian is even willing to augment the team's mission to better suit George's anti-establishment agenda. Walter makes sure to sabotage everything in short order.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Skyfox refuses to kidnap the President of the United States as that would be too catastrophic for the country. So he kidnaps the Vice President to make his political point.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Skyfox goes from being The Alcoholic to a Well-Intentioned Extremist, who is known as a villain though he may be a Hero with Bad Publicity.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jack Hobbs, Utopian's arch-enemy, becomes the Utopian's friend and uses his intellect to help the world.
  • Historical Domain Character: Plenty of Hollywood stars and historical figures from the 1960s appear, most notably Ayn Rand, J. Edgar Hoover, Katharine Hepburn and Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
  • Jerkass: Walter is shown to have always been a prick, calling Bluebolt a "homo" and brainwashing Sunny into loving him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: George is a womanizing alcoholic who is nonetheless a loyal friend and committed to helping those less fortunate than him. Even his turn as a "villain" has a distinctly altruistic streak to it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: J. Edgar Hoover tries to blackmail Blue-Bolt into becoming his pawn through photos of him in a tryst with another man. He later drops the scheme when Skyfox blackmails him with his own photos of Hoover engaged in sex with his right-hand man.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Deconstructed as the Flare sees April as such. April is so excited about the life of superheroes, and seemingly gives Flare a new spark in life. But when the Flare becomes severely injured she leaves him as she says she is too young to take care of him.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: A heavy theme in the second volume with the Utopian questioning what he is doing while Walter influenced by Beatniks becomes convinced to intervene in social issues.
  • So Beautiful It's a Curse: Every time Lady Liberty tries to pick-up an ordinary man to sleep with they become uncomfortable saying that something "feels wrong". Despite men wanting her, and she wants to be with them it never works out as her would be lovers innately feel they are in the presence of a super-being.

Alternative Title(s): Jupiters Circle

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